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Tim Lund

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Post: #1
07-10-2011 09:34 AM

  • A Man will move.
  • A Man may sing.
  • A Man will not speak.
  • A Man may cry.
  • A Man will not leave until A Man has dug a pond.

Over 24 hours, A Man will dig a wildlife pond, complete with a garden bog area, flora and fauna and a rock garden for amphibians.

Start: Saturday 5th November 8.00pm
End: Sunday 6th November 8.00pm

Venue: Albion Millennium Green

From 1.00pm - 8.00pm on Sunday, delicious and great value bbq food for sale, (with veggie options).

This is a free event. The audience can come and observe A Man working for as long as they want. There will also be an opportunity to sing if you want to. School choirs and groups and individuals of mixed singing ability will sing a song or two as an accompaniment to the action. From 1.00pm till 8.00pm Sunday you can just turn up and sing anything you want. As long as there is nothing offensive in the lyrics. There will be no amplified sound, so no microphones. Feel free to bring an acoustic instrument. Out of respect to the neighbours there will be no drumming after dark.

Getting There:
Entrance at the end of Albion Villas Road. London. SE26 4DB.
Forest Hill overground/rail station. 7 minutes walk.
Buses 122,176,197. Stop: Thorpewood Avenue.
Free Parking on Sydenham Park Road. Strictly no parking on Albion Villas Road

With Support From: Thomas Ford and Partners Architects, Pat Trembath MBE, The Harmon Family, Rev Edward Olsworth-Peter, Friends of Albion Millennium Green, Ann Field, Rox Parker, Helen and Mark Edwards, Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, London Borough of Lewisham, Natures Gym, PCSO Amie McCreery of the Forest Hill Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Holy Trinity School, Grow Mayow Community Garden, Kevin and Asha, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Rosalind Meadows and many others.

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Joined: Jan 2010
Post: #2
07-10-2011 03:20 PM

Presume this is some sort of performance art.
Will the Man get suitable refreshment and comfort breaks?
Is any heavy machinery (eg JCB) involved?
What will happen to all the soil dug out?
Why is this a world premiere: has this never happened before anywhere else in the world?
Why must the Man not speak? Not even a little occasional swear-word?

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Tim Lund

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Joined: Apr 2008
Post: #3
08-10-2011 09:00 AM

Yes - I think it is some kind of performance art. When I've got the web site going fully, you'll be able to put your questions to the man directly. In the meantime, confirmation, I think, in that this has now won Arts Council funding!

And yes - no JCBs.

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